FBI Says Background Checks For Black Friday Gun Purchases Hit Record High

Posted November 30, 2017

Once again this year, Black Friday shoppers were also on the hunt for bargains on handguns and rifles.

The 2015 record smashed the previous single-day mark set December 21, 2012, exactly one week after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in CT.

The FBI reported that requests for gun background checks skyrocketed on Black Friday. According to USA Today, the prior record-setting days fell on Black Friday, too.

"One could think they were going to purchase a gun and decide not to purchase a firearm or they could maybe purchase two on an approval, for example", Plessinger continued.

Prospective gun owners filed 203,086 requests to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week ordered a review of the FBI's background check system after a gunman led a carnage in a small southern Texas church, killing 26 people with multiple firearms purchased in spite of previous convictions.

In a statement, Sessions said he was directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and report back to me the steps we can take to ensure that those who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so".

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Gun demand rose as President Barack Obama called for tougher regulations after major shootings and then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton led in many election polls.

And even though gun sales were down during the first year of the Trump administration, gun sales tend to increase following mass shootings.